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Poster: William Tell Date: May 27, 2011 10:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Born This Way...it's simple

I think the long term appeal of the DEAD has multiple components. First, they lasted, and they changed. Second, they came to represent the all important 60s, for better and for worse. Third, they rejected the establishment/biz model of the day, tried to go their own way, and failed, largely.

This pretty much sums ALL of us up in a nutshell; we want to do things our own way, we want to change the world, but when it comes down to it, we don't really want to be responsible for doing anything about it, in fact. Once we do latch on to a cause, and become a spokesperson for it, we might as well cash it in and start doing "donor raps" at the retirement home.

So, I think the DEAD appeal to so many of us for so many reasons that it's simple...pick a period, pick a tune, pick a statement (in or out of context) and you've got something in there for everyone...even premature death, due to a variety of excesses...

Can anyone really argue that much about Elvis or James Dean? There's not the timeline nor the inconsistency...

Anyhow, I think that's part of it...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 29, 2011 6:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Born This Way...it's simple

"...we might as well cash it in and start doing "donor raps" at the retirement home..."

Ah, thank you once again for shining the light of all-consuming optimism on our dark, huddled masses. You have all the hallmarks of a life-long Red Sox fan.

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: May 30, 2011 6:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Born This Way...it's simple

"This pretty much sums ALL of us up in a nutshell; we want to do things our own way, we want to change the world, but when it comes down to it, we don't really want to be responsible for doing anything about it, in fact."

Hit a big nail on the head!

The problem is most don't realize that last piece about themselves - or they rationalize away why they cant do anything about it...........

Big talk and no action - See new post on War Protest for example